October Events

  October has become the most event-full month on our calendar it seems- and that doesn’t even include Hallowe’en. Here’s a list: Oct 2 – Sarah’s birthday. Oct 9 – Sarah and Dave’s wedding anniversary. Oct 16 – Susannah’s birthday. Oct 17 – Maria and I met on this date. Today (Oct 27.) Of course ...

Python

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any real hard core programming or coding. I learned FORTRAN (with punch cards) in university and then I had a long and useful dalliance with BASIC (sort of FORTRAN for dummies.) BASIC was the common language of time sharing – on teletype terminals with paper tape input. ...

Three and a Half

That’s how old Susannah said she is today, when her Nonna called. Actually she’s 3 on the nose since it’s her birthday. She wants to celebrate a half birthday like her older siblings do. Everyone wants to grow up fast and Susannah thinks she has more of it to do apparently. Unlike her brother (little ...

Catnaps

In 35 years three great cats have lived with us. All three have shared the feline grace and beauty. All three combined contemplative calm with explosive energy. All three exhibited the “it is what it is” attitude that every cat shows to the world. All three were hearty and friendly souls with their human companions. ...

Conspicuous Consumption

I’ve been reading some Financial Independence (FI) blogs lately. The most interesting ones seem to be based in the UK, and are written by younger folks who primarily work in the IT business. The goal as espoused by these blogs is to “make all you can while you can and get out as soon as ...

The Theme’s The Thing

I’ve always enjoyed the chance to write and publish it online. I have been at it now since the late 1990s, first by having a website and later a blog. My very first website was ¬†the “canned” variety – I went to¬†GeoCities, got an account and used their layout. Later on I learned how to ...

The Miracle Worker

Most of us are familiar with this wonderful 1962 film. However my grandma knew about Helen Keller far earlier than this. She and Helen were contemporaries, after all. This item was pasted into her scrapbook in 1904. The World’s Most Remarkable College GraduateThe story of Helen Keller’s life is the biography of two wonderful women- ...

Grandpa Said There’d Be Days Like This

Here is a news item copied from Grandma Hawley’s scrapbook – pasted in there a century ago: DRIVER NARROWLY ESCAPED Car Killed Horse Yoked to Sleigh- Driver JumpedBirch Cliff, Mar 3, 1916. A collision between a York radial car and a horse belonging to Postmaster A. H. Mitchell, at eight o clock this morning between ...

Albert Lived Here

In an earlier post I mentioned that the site of Albert M. Prices’s home on E. 110th Street in Cleveland is now a vacant lot. However thanks to Aunt Helen’s family history book I found out that in 1920 Albert built this nice house on Hampshire Road in Cleveland Heights – then an up and ...

Doesn’t Apply Anymore

I’ve impressed the seniors in Almonte that I help with IT problems by telling them that my computing experience goes back close to 50 years – all the way to punch cards, keypunch terminals, mainframes, FORTRAN and serial job control. And it’s true; I have learned a lot. What I don’t say is that much ...

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